2011-2012 Math Department: Professional Strengths
                                    
Dear EHS Community Members,
 
I have been letting the good news build up over the summer and now it is time to let you see, in a big picture way, how our educational community has come together. This is the first in a series of communications with a focus on our academic departments. My hope is to convey to you some granular information about what is being taught, when, and by whom. 
 
The math faculty is strong and eager. I am quite pleased with the thinking and implementation that has gone into achieving our current status with math in Lower, Middle, and Upper School. Please sense the high level of energy and professionalism eminating from the EHS math teachers.  It adds up! 
Upper School Math Overview
 
Exciting changes are taking place in the Math Department this year! Geometry teachers have acquired a new text series that is project and discovery based, allowing for meaningful, student-centered learning. The department has hired an additional Upper School math teacher to provide for smaller classes and more individual student attention. Department Head, Pam Goodner, and Lower School math teacher, Leslie Arceneaux, attended Singapore Math “train-the-teacher” courses this summer and plan to do in-house professional development for faculty. Finally, department heads will continue to work with Dr. Reuter, to keep abreast of exciting developments in math curriculum and teaching strategies.
Upper School Math Overview
 
Exciting changes are taking place in the Math Department this year! Geometry teachers have acquired a new text series that is project and discovery based, allowing for meaningful, student-centered learning. The department has hired an additional Upper School math teacher to provide for smaller classes and more individual student attention. Department Head, Pam Goodner, and Lower School math teacher, Leslie Arceneaux, attended Singapore Math “train-the-teacher” courses this summer and plan to do in-house professional development for faculty. Finally, department heads will continue to work with Dr. Reuter, to keep abreast of exciting developments in math curriculum and teaching strategies.
Episcopal’s Upper School Math Faculty
 
 
 
      Students will rise to your expectations”
                    – Jaime Escalante
 
Ms. Goodner has been a member of the EHS community since 1997. She teaches two courses: Algebra II Honors (10th grade) and AP Calculus AB (12th grade). In addition to her teaching, Ms. Goodner is the Math Department Chair, Homecoming Court Coordinator, Singapore Math Coordinator and is National Board Certified. She is the mother of Caroline Goodner, a junior, and graduated two other children from EHS: Meg (class of 2006) and Ben (class of 2003). Ms. Goodner has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from LSU and M.A.T in Math and Chemistry from Rice University. She is looking forward to incorporating projects into her class that increase student understanding and allow for concept application.
 
“Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.”    
– Chinese Proverb
 
EHS welcomes Mr. Anderson back to campus! A 2002 graduate, Mr. Anderson received a B.S. in Math and M.A. in Math Education from LSU. Mr. Anderson teaches Pre-Calculus and Pre-Calculus Honors to junior and senior students. On top of his teaching responsibilities, he is co-head coach of the middle and upper school swim team and is also the Mu Alpha Theta Sponsor. Prior to joining EHS, he taught for five years at Central High School where he was also head swimming coach. Mr. Anderson is particularly excited about incorporating graphing calculator use, Smart Board lessons and mathematical discourse into his classroom teaching this year.
 
“Go down deep enough into anything and you will find mathematics.”   – Dean Schlicter 
 
Ms. Bergstresser joins the Math faculty this year and teaches Calculus (12th grade), Algebra II (10th and 11th grade) and Geometry (9th and 10th). She earned a B.S. from Georgia Tech and is also pursuing a Master's degree from LSU. Ms. Bergstresser joins us from EBR Lab Academy where she was a math teacher and department chair for three years.
 
“Tell me and I forget. Show me and I  remember. Involve me and I understand.”  – Chinese Proverb 
 
Ms. Sabottke joined the EHS community in 1999 and teaches a variety of courses including, Algebra I (9th grade), Geometry Honors (8th, 9th, 10th grade), and Algebra II (10th and 11th grade). She is the mother of two former EHS graduates: Craig (class of 2002) and Carl (class of 2009). Ms. Sabottke has a B.S. in Elementary Education/Math from the College of St. Rose. In addition to teaching, she is Honor Council Advisor and Sophomore Class Advisor. She is particularly excited about incorporating NuVu ideas into her Geometry Honors course this fall.
  
“I’m a big believer that it is more
important how you learn than what you learn.”  
 
In addition to his role as Dean of Students, Mr. Stevens is returning to the math classroom this year and will teach Geometry to 9th and 10th grade students this year. When he is not in the classroom or busy as Dean of Students, Mr. Stevens contributes to the Athletics Department and serves as Assistant Football coach and Assistant Tennis coach. A proud EHS parent, his daughter, Sara, is a current senior, and Sydney graduated in 2010. Mr. Stevens has earned a B.S. and M.B.A from LSU and has been a part of the EHS community since 2001.
 
“What we have to learn to do, we
learn by doing.” –  Aristotle

Ms. Holland joined the EHS faculty in 2005. She teaches courses in both the Math and Science Departments. This year, Ms. Holland teaches Algebra I (9th grade), Honors Chemistry (10th grade) and AP Chemistry (11th and 12th grade). She has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University and also serves as a National Honor Society Advisor and is assisting the 9th grade sponsor. Her daughter, Mallory, is a current freshman student. Michaela graduated in 2008 and Christian in 2005. In her math courses this year, students will partner with kindergarten classes in a year-long measuring project. Ms. Holland’s upper school math students will measure the kindergarten students’ height and arm span each month. By the end of the year, her students will plot the data, draw a trend line and determine the equation of the trend line. They will write a story book to their kindergarten buddy explaining their growth over the past year.
Middle School Math Overview
 
The Middle School Math Department attended Singapore Math training this summer in preparation for the program’s debut in Middle School. A Singapore Math summer program at EHS was developed and piloted with incoming 6th grade students, as well as lower school students. Middle School math teachers work closely with each other as well as on grade-level teams. This year, 6th grade math will focus on Number Sense (decimal and fraction operations, algebraic expressions, integer operations, percentages, ratios and proportions, rate and speed, geometry, mean, median, mode, range and probability). Netbooks will be used for note-taking (through One Note), links for review, Excel spreadsheets, among many other things. Seventh grade is looking forward to extending the netbook program into their grade level this year. Algebra Introduction presents algebra topics, while Pre-Algebra transitions students from arithmetic to algebra and prepares them for Algebra Transition in 8th grade. While 8th grade won’t implement Singapore Math for two years, they will infuse concepts into Algebra I and Algebra Transition. Eighth grade Algebra I will conquer solving and graphing linear and nonlinear equations and inequalities including quadratic equations, solving and graphing systems of nonlinear equations and inequalities, factoring polynomials, and simplifying radical and rational expressions. Algebra Transition works to prepare 8th graders for Algebra I and high school math courses. Mr. McCune covers pre-algebra and algebra topics and offers thorough interaction with Number Sense, problem solving, and logical thinking.
Episcopal’s Middle School Math Faculty
 
 
 
 
 
“Don’t measure yourself by
what you have accomplished, but
by what you should have accomplished with your ability.”

 Mr. McCune has been a member of the EHS community since 2009. He teaches Algebra I and Algebra Transition, both of which are made up of 8th grade students. Mr. McCune is a 2002 graduate of EHS and earned a B.S. from LSU in 2007.  On top of teaching responsibilities, Mr. McCune is actively involved in EHS Athletics as 5th and 6th grade Head Football coach, 7th Grade Head Basketball coach and Varsity Assistant Basketball coach. This year, he is particularly excited to have his 8th grade students participate in a variety of in-class activities and projects, including a cross-curricular study of water quality.
 
“Young people should shoot for the moon. Even if they miss it, they
will land among the stars.”
 
Ms. Greer has been a member of the EHS faculty since 2007. She teaches 7th grade Pre-Algebra and Algebra Introduction. In addition, Ms. Greer is involved in Middle School Student Council, MATHCOUNTS Club and is the 7th grade Advisor. She earned a B.S. from LSU. This year, Ms. Greer is excited that 7th grade will continue the netbook program and will participate in various classroom projects, such as origami, cartoon scaling and mathematical exploration.

“It’s not what you know when you
start. It’s what you learn and
put to good use.”
 
Ms. Callaway is a National Board Certified teacher who has been active in the EHS faculty since 2002. She teaches 6th grade Math and also serves as the Grade Level Chair for 6th grade. Ms. Callaway earned a B.S. in Elementary Education and M.Ed. from LSU and holds Gifted certification. In addition to classroom teaching, Ms. Callaway is the Middle School Volleyball coach and is on the Admissions Committee. She is particularly excited to merge Singapore Math with netbooks this year.
 
Lower School Math Overview
 
Look for a letter similar to this one that features Lower School as a division.  For now, though, know that Lower School teachers are eager to continue using the Singapore Math program in their classrooms. “We only thought we taught math before” is a sentiment that many Lower School teachers share. Leslie Arceneaux will be instrumental in supporting teachers in this program, thanks to the Academic Excellence Fund. A summer program was piloted with Lower School students and the 4th grade team attended Singapore Math training this summer.
 
I love the new tagline used in Lower School, "Joy is all around."  EHS is on the move.  Go Knights!
Thank you,
Hugh M. McIntosh
Head of School      
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